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Afghan war crimes probe must go ahead, ICC judges say

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The move is immediately hailed by human rights organizations as a 'pivotal moment' for victims of the central Asian country's 18-year-war since the 2001 US invasion

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015, shows the new building of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force says 55 separate incidents are being investigated as part of a years-long probe into allegations Australian soldiers committed war crimes while in Afghanistan

PROBE. In this photo taken on January 20, 2010, an Australian soldier of Omlet-c company fires an AK-47 assault rifle used by Afghan soldiers during practice firing at a forward operating base (FOB) in Mirwais in the southern province of Uruzgan.  File photo by Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP

Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes – top official

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The ICC has charged Bashir and 3 of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

CHARGED. Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya – Myanmar probe

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) dismisses the findings as a 'blatant PR exercise'

In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP

Karadzic appeals life sentence for Bosnia war crimes – court

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Judges in The Hague will now have to decide whether to admit Karadzic's challenge to his sentence, as the March 20 ruling on his sentence was supposed to be fina

APPEAL. In this file photo, Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. File photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:32 PM

But President Maithripala Sirisena's cohabitation government seeks to distance itself from his stance, saying the administration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain engaged with the UN on war crimes

U-TURN. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will formally ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. File photo by AFP

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

UN probe reports possible 'war crimes' by all sides in Yemen conflict

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In its first report, a team of UN-mandated investigators said they had 'reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law'

ARMED FORCES. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. File photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Child soldiers of Congo awarded $10M in damages

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The International Criminal Court convicted Congo warlord Thomas Lubanga, 56, and jailed him to 14 years for abducting boys and girls and press-ganging them into his Union of Congolese Patriots

CHILD SOLDIERS. A teacher gives a math class at a school which assists with integrating former child soldiers, who were affiliated with the local anti-government militia, Kamwino Nsapo, back into society, on October 19, 2017 in Kananga. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

PROFILE: Who is Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'?

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:23 PM

To the families of the victims of the Bosnian War, Ratko Mladic will forever be associated with the bloody 44-month siege of Sarajevo and the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica

EVIL, THEN AND NOW. This combination of pictures shows (L) Ratko Mladic then Bosnian Serb General looking on in Sarajevo on on February 15, 1994 and (R) Mladic smiling as he enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. 1994 photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP; 2017 photo by Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Ratko Mladic, 'Butcher of Bosnia,' found guilty of genocide

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The court finds him guilty on 10 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the 1992-1995 war that killed 100,000 people and displaced 2.2 million

CONVICTED MASS MURDERER. Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic enters the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on November 22, 2017, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. Peter Dejong/Pool/AFP

Historic verdict due in genocide trial of 'Butcher of Bosnia'

Nov 22, 2017 - 4:05 PM

The man, who remains a hero to many in Serbia, has denied 11 counts including genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 war

CRY FOR JUSTICE. In this file photo, a member of the 'Mothers of Srebrenica' demonstrates next to a portrait of Bosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic during a demonstration in front of the European Court of Human Rights (CEDH) in Strasbourg, eastern France, on October 11, 2012.  Frederick Florin/AFP

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces historic war crimes verdict

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:25 AM

The judgement and possible sentencing before the Yugoslav war crimes court in The Hague marks the culmination of a case spanning 22 years against Ratko Mladic

THE 'BUTCHER' NOW. This file photo taken on May 16, 2012 shows former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic siting at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague before the opening of his war crimes trial. Toussaint Kluiters/Pool/AFP

Enough evidence to convict Syria's Assad of war crimes – prosecutor

Aug 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Carla Del Ponte of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria says justice remains elusive as no international court is tasked with trying the war crimes yet

UN Security Council to vote on Syria gas attack probe

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The vote comes as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Moscow to pressure Russia to reconsider its support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad

YOUNG VICTIM. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

'Suddenly, she fell to the ground': Tales of horror from Syria gas attack

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:57 AM

We put some masks on but it didn t do anything People just started falling to the ground

YOUNG VICTIM. An unconscious Syrian child receives treatment at a hospital in Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, following a suspected toxic gas attack on April 4, 2017. Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

U.S. warns of 'own action' after Syria chemical massacre

Apr 06, 2017 - 7:20 AM

Ambassador Nikki Haley: When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action

'HORRIFIC ACTS' Nikki Haley (center), United States Permanent Representative to the UN and President of the Security Council for April, addresses the meeting of the council on the alleged use of chemical weapons in an April 4 airstrike in Idlib, Syria, April 5, 2017. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

ICC poised to make first awards to war crimes' victims

Mar 22, 2017 - 12:45 PM

The order for reparations for 304 victims of former Congolese warlord Germain Katanga is set to be a landmark step for the world s only permanent war crimes court

WORLD COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn Meekman/ANP/AFP

Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes' – report

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have turned the violent withholding of healthcare into a weapon of war according to an analysis published in The Lancet medical journal

EMERGENCY. This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, helping a victim following a reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo – UN

Mar 02, 2017 - 5:59 PM

UN Commission on Inquiry: The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict

A picture taken on December 11, 2016 shows a tank in west Aleppo's Ithaa district after Syrian pro-government forces retook the area from rebel fighters. George Ourfalian/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, December 6, 2016

Dec 06, 2016 - 9:41 AM

Hello Here s a round up of news you need to know this Tuesday

Red Cross survey shows surging acceptance of torture in conflict

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:02 AM

A vast Red Cross survey indicates that acceptance of torture during war has increased dramatically in recent decades with fewer than half of people now categorically rejecting the practice

MOURNING. Kashmiri relatives of Qaiser Hamid, 16, mourn during his funeral in Srinagar on November 5, 2016. The teenager died in hospital in Srinagar on November 4, after alleged torture by police while in custody. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa / AFP

Russia renews heavy bombing of Syria's Aleppo

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile cancels a planned trip to Paris in a row over the violence in Syria

A picture shows desruction as Syrian pro-government forces advance in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha neighborhood on October 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO

US urges war crimes probe as Syria fight moves to UN

Oct 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes clear his mounting anger at the Russian backed regime onslaught declaring: These are acts that beg for an appropriate investigation – war crimes

SYRIA WAR. A general view shows destruction in Aleppo's rebel-held Bustan al-Basha neighborhood on October 6, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Missile which downed MH17 transported from Russia, inquiry finds

Sep 28, 2016 - 7:35 PM

UPDATED But the Dutch led investigation did not directly accuse Moscow of supplying the BUK missile and its transporter system – and the Russian government has repeatedly denied any involvement

RESULTS OUT. Members of a joint investigation team present the preliminary results of the criminal investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 , in Nieuwegein, on September 28, 2016. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Dutch-led team to release initial MH17 criminal probe

Sep 28, 2016 - 11:09 AM

UPDATED A Dutch led international team of criminal investigators will release initial findings into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 amid growing frustration among relatives over the probe s pace

The wrecked cockpit of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is exhibited during a presentation of the final report on the cause of the its crash at the Gilze Rijen airbase October 13, 2015. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

South Sudan leaders profit from deadly war – report

Sep 13, 2016 - 9:37 AM

South Sudan s warring leaders and their cronies have amassed fortunes while prosecuting a murderous conflict a watchdog group which counts George Clooney as a founder says in a report

Actor and activist George Clooney answers questions during a press conference about corruption in South Sudan at National Press Club September 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Malian jihadist begs forgiveness for Timbuktu attacks

Aug 22, 2016 - 9:25 PM

Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi pleads guilty to destroying centuries old sites in Timbuktu

epa05506541 Suspected Islamist militant Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi appears at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, 22 August 2016, at the start of his trial on charges of involvement in the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu. Prosecutors allege that Al Mahdi was a member of an al Qaida-linked occupying force that destroyed most of Timbuktu's World Heritage-listed mausoleums in 2012. EPA/PATRICK POST / POOL

Duterte willing to raise plight of comfort women with Japan

Aug 12, 2016 - 10:41 PM

But I cannot go there with a mindset because if I do that my language would be different Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says

PH-JAPAN TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte guides Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to the Executive Room of the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on August 11, 2016. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

Bangladesh Islamist leader set to hang for war crimes

May 05, 2016 - 2:32 PM

UPDATED The Supreme Court upholds the conviction of Motiur Rahman Nizami for murder and rape

(FILES) This file photograph taken on October 29, 2014, shows Bangladeshi Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Motiur Rahman Nizami as he sits inside a van while being taken to a prison after being sentenced at the International Crimes Tribunal court in Dhaka. Bangladesh's Supreme Court on May 5, 2016, has upheld the death sentence on the leader of the largest Islamist party for crimes during the country's 1971 independence struggle. Chief Justice S.K. Sinha "dismissed" the final appeal by Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, who was convicted of murder, rape and orchestrating the killing of top intellectuals, said an AFP correspondent at the courtroom.  / AFP PHOTO / STR

Survivors call for US troops to face trial over Afghan hospital air strike

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Survivors of a US air strike on a hospital in Afghanistan dismiss an American military investigation that said the bombardment did not amount to a war crime

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE. A handout file picture made available on October 1, 2015 shows members of the humanitarian aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) (Doctors without borders) treating injured people in a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, September 30, 2015. Photo by EPA/MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES

Serbia, Russia accuse UN court after Karadzic verdict

Mar 25, 2016 - 10:48 PM

UPDATED All justice that leads to the conviction of one people for crimes that were committed by everyone is selective says Serbian Justice Minister Nikola Selakovic

AWAITING JUDGEMENT. Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, on March 24. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

Karadzic genocide conviction closes 'painful chapter' – US

Mar 25, 2016 - 8:10 AM

This day is long overdue US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says after the genocide conviction of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic

KARADZIC GUILTY. With victims' pictures displayed on the table, people watch an international court handing down its verdict for war-time Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic during his trial in The Hague, on March 24, 2016. Photo by Fehim Dehir/EPA

Karadzic guilty of genocide, jailed for 40 years

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:08 PM

The Bosnian Serb leader wore individual criminal responsibility for the murder and hostage taking of UN peacekeepers say war crimes judges

AWAITING JUDGEMENT. Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, on March 24, 2016. Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Agence France-Presse

Former DRCongo leader Bemba guilty of war crimes in Central African Republic: ICC

Mar 21, 2016 - 10:35 PM

International judges find former Congolese vice president Jean Pierre Bemba guilty on all five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity carried out by his private army in Central African Republic a decade ago

GUILTY. Supporters of former rebel and vice president Jean Pierre Bemba show his pictures in Kinshasa 26 October 2006. Photo by Lionel Healing / AFP

Malian jihadist accused of war crimes for Timbuktu attack

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi is the first person to face a war crimes charge for an attack on a cultural monument

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 1, 2012 shows a still from a video of Islamist militants destroying an ancient shrine in Timbuktu. The trial of a Malian jihadist charged with war crimes for ordering the 2012 destruction of 14 mausoleums of Muslim saints resumes in March 2016 at the International Criminal Court (ICC). / AFP / STR

Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Timbuktu founded in the 11th century was one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

S.Sudan army attacked UN base sheltering civilians – residents, aid workers

Feb 19, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Over 70 were wounded in the clashes in the UN camp on Wednesday to Thursday in the north eastern town of Malakal

UN rights chief in Sri Lanka for talks over war crimes

Feb 06, 2016 - 4:56 PM

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein says he is hoping for constructive discussions during his visit which will also take him to former war zones

TALKS ON WAR CRIMES. United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein talks to the media after arriving on a four-day official visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, February 6, 2016. Photo by M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA

HRW: Iraq militia attacks may constitute war crimes

Jan 31, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Shiite paramilitary forces have been repeatedly accused of abuses including summary executions kidnappings and destruction of property

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim dam, north of Baghdad March 1, 2015. Iraqi soldiers and pro-government Shi'ite militias have been massing in preparation for an attack on Islamic State strongholds along the Tigris River to the north and south of Tikrit, hometown of executed former president Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

Bangladesh bans Facebook, chat apps for security reasons

Nov 24, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Bangladesh authorities insist an almost week long ban on Facebook and mobile messaging services would remain until security in the tense country improved

PROTEST. Bengali activists from the Pakistan Muslim Alliance (PMA) carry a banner during a protest against the Bangladesh government over the execution of Bangladeshi Nationalist Party leader Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, in Karachi on November 22, 2015. Photo bt Rizwan Tabassum / AFP

War crimes, forced cannibalism in S. Sudan conflict – AU

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:24 PM

An African Union human rights investigation call for an internationally backed African led court to try those responsible for the violence

NPA admits killing Agusan del Sur mayor and son

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Slain mayor Dario Otaza is accused of establishing and building intelligence networks within NPA territories in Agusan del Sur for AFP counter revolutionary operations

ADVOCATE. Malacañang says Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was an 'invaluable partner' for peace in the region. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

MSF demands international probe into Kunduz air strike

Oct 07, 2015 - 4:33 PM

UPDATED MSF chief: This was not just an attack on our hospital it was an attack on the Geneva conventions This cannot be tolerated

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Afghan forces called for hospital air strike, US general says

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:18 AM

General John Campbell s statement marks the first US military acknowledgement it was behind Saturday s October 3 devastating raid in the northern Afghan city which triggered international outrage

ATTACKED. In this photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, fires burn in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike. AFP/MSF

Obama vows full probe into Afghan hospital airstrike

Oct 04, 2015 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED Doctors Without Borders MSF says patients burned to death in their beds during a raid that continued for more than an hour early Saturday October 3 even after US and Afghan authorities were informed the hospital had been hit

 An handout provided by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings, Kunduz, Afghanistan, 03 Octoberr 2015. Photo by EPA/MSF HANDOUT

Sri Lanka promises 'due attention' to UN war crimes report

Sep 16, 2015 - 9:44 PM

However Colombo did not say whether it would allow international experts to assist its domestic investigation

Almost 80,000 sign UK petition for Netanyahu arrest

Aug 24, 2015 - 10:00 PM

If the number of signatories reaches 100 000 the petition can be considered for debate in Britain s parliament

File photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from EPA/ODED BALITY / POOL Scene